Updating Smart Moves
As the metro area grows in size and population, it becomes increasingly important that transit services connect employees to jobs, provide access to goods and services to all people, and link our centers of activity.
Bring the plan up to speed
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) completed an update to the Smart Moves plan in June 2008 to incorporate new local and regional transit activity, and respond to the community's desire for better public transportation solutions.
The update began in mid-2007 with a technical review of the assumptions and data used to develop the original concept in 2002. With the help of a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration, MARC held more than two dozen community discussions with citizens around the region during late 2007, using the One KC Voice community engagement program. The early events focused on identifying transit needs, and later workshops evaluated alternatives and solutions. MARC also facilitated technical workshops and policy meetings with local governments.
The update happened alongside light-rail planning in Kansas City, Mo., and helped identify new connections and services throughout the region. The report lists action steps that can help guide short- and long-range transit implementation in the region.
Transit in the works
A number of recent planning efforts were brought into the Smart Moves plan, including:
- Light-rail study underway in Kansas City, Mo.
- Community-wide master plan for Wyandotte County, Kan.
- Johnson County Transit's new Five-Year Strategic Plan
- Completed I-35 and I-70 transit corridor studies
- Bus rapid transit study of Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Mo., and State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.